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Police charged two with a marijuana grow operation at Larchmont Place apartment

Two men have been charged with growing marijuana inside their condominium at Wiltshire Village off Larchmont Place.

After receiving a complaint, authorities went to the condo Saturday and found Charles Wilson there. Wilson refused to give the officers consent to search the apartment.

The officers waited outside with Wilson while they obtained a search warrant. Once police went inside, they found a marijuana growing operation in an upstairs bedroom.

A report said the bedroom contained bright grow lights in a tarped area. Officers seized 16 small marijuana plants sitting in pots on top of buckets. A grow light was attached to a sunlight generator, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

Also inside the room was a rolling trash can with tubing coming from it, she said, and an exhaust fan installed in the ceiling.

The apartment also had marijuana pipes, bongs, scales and knives, as well as 12 firearms including shotguns, rifles and pistols, police said.

Police charged Charles Edward Wilson, 49, of 1300 Larchmont Place, with felony possession with the intent to manufacture a controlled schedule VI substance, felony maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substances, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was issued a $5,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

While police were there, another man who lives at the condo, Jacob Delaney Woodby, drove up to the complex.

Woodby, 37, also of 1300 Larchmont Place, was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession with intent to manufacture a controlled schedule VI substance, felony maintaining a dwelling place for controlled substances, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, misdemeanor driving while impaired and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He also received an automatic 30-day license revocation. Woodby had a pocket knife in his pants pocket. He was issued a $5,000 secured bond and has since been released from the county jail.

Wilson has previously been convicted of misdemeanor stalking, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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